Don’t get caught unprepared on the roads this long weekend.
Winter weather can be unpredictable. One minute it can be crystal clear and the next minute you can be in the middle of a snow squall making driving difficult. If you’re hitting the road this long weekend to take to the slopes or visit family, the following hints will help you get to where you want to go, safely—no matter what your local forecast has in store for you.
- Prepare your vehicle
Top up your car’s windshield wiper fluid, check the tire pressure, and remember to travel with an emergency roadside safety kit handy.
- Check your route before leaving
Winter weather means road conditions can change quickly. Plan your route to avoid confusion and check the weather reports before you leave. Listen to traffic reports on route to stay abreast of what’s happening on the roads.
- Clear off the car
Always clear the ice and snow from your vehicle; pay special attention to your windows, lights, mirrors, hood and the roof.
- Dress appropriately
Wear clothing, or have clothing in the car available, that is appropriate for the weather outside, including footwear.
- Drive in daylight if possible
Only drive when well rested. Avoid driving after a long day of work, use your headlights day and night, and especially if poor weather reduces visibility.
- Slow down
Foul winter weather and poor visibility require driving at a slower speeds than what’s posted. Posted speed limits designate the fastest speed at which you can safely travel in optimal road conditions. When roads are not optimal, slow down and drive to the conditions.
- Give yourself some space
Keep enough distance between your vehicle and the car in front to allow for safe stopping. In winter, or any foul weather, it’s typically encouraged that you double the two-second rule. This means, a 4-second interval from the time the car in front of you passes a fixed object until you reach the same object.
- Put down the phone
Limit distractions and put the phone in the trunk if you can’t resist the temptation. Pull over at a rest stop to refresh and check the phone.
This long weekend take care when getting to where you want to go because it’s about more than just keeping your car insurance rates low, it’s about arriving at your destination safely.